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Cathedrals

by Millbrook

Quirky and orchestral; soaring and theatrical; pop/rock for lovers of Rufus Wainwright, Queen, The Beatles, and Jon Brion.
Genre: Pop: Baroque Pop
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1. Meet Me in the Fields
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2. Crude Model of You
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3. Whitegirl
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I. catacombs - II. confessionals - III. CATHEDRALS


Begin and start again....
The neon lights came sprouting from the scorched wreckage like vines;
twining and twisting as if alive.
From the ashes, dirt and clay was rebuilt the city of tall façades of marble and iron.
and from among them rose the tower; much taller than what was before.
Now its spires scrape along
the warm concrete underbelly of heaven
and a crowd gathers to watch it spark
like mid-summer fireworks.


Cathedrals, epistle 3: Millbrook's 3rd and final letter in a trilogy of EP's, is exactly what the title suggests that it might be; the glorious, epic, and grandiose finale'; the final broad stroke, flourish and long handed signature in the long overdue letter.

Cathedrals is the thunderous arrival as well as the triumphant exit. It is the cannons and streamers, the flinging open of doors, the hoisting above heads, the homecoming and the valediction.... and the defeat of defeatism. It has become the unveiling of what was thought never to be again.

Cathedrals is certainly not a derivate and any of it's sister works in the trilogy. With the streamlined, soaring harmonies and epic sonic landscapes that Millbrook have trademarked themselves with are present as well as an incredulous pop sensibility permeating and saturating every bar of music in this
collection, drenching every note.

Fans of Queen, Rufus Wainwright, and The Beatles will be instantly enamored with Cathedrals, which undeniably contains Millbrook's strongest songwriting to date. The orchestral draperies, and lush production are all impeccably hung over a sturdy wood & steel frame of solid songwriting.

This EP also features the epic single "Meet Me in the Fields" which has gained quite a bit of attention recently. The single, having been released in June, 2005 has made it's way onto radio stations and has become the darling of both cynic and critic alike. Also on this EP is the Lennon-esque "Crude Model of You" which was featured on the 2003 International Pop Overthrow compilation CD

If you've already been introduced to the music of Millbrook, this EP will doubtlessly be your new favorite - an expansion of all the quirk, passion, and musicality that have always set them apart. If you've not yet been introduced to Millbrook's music, this EP is definitive and says it all. A perfect place to tether yourself to as you explore more of the Millbrook music that has accolades all across the board from Rufus Wainwright to Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.


* - ( an important note regarding this EP : It will also be released in digital
formats as well. Please head over to one of the following to download this EP in
it's entirety: itunes, rhapsody, emusic, audio lunchbox, napster, msn music, musicmatch,
buymusic, netmusic, puretracks, qtrnote, music net, mperia, digipie, &
etherstream. )


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Jennifer

This CD is awesome!
I absolutely love this CD! It is different, yet so brilliant. I haven't heard such a wide range in musical style in a long time. It is amazing!

Adzie

bloody great on toast
Top first track excellent...others growers but liking them do you / they need a drummer?!....I only live 'round the corner in sunny Wales.

Off to listen to some more and have another cup of tea....top stuff.

www.myspace.com/adziebonus

BlueGlassFall

Beautiful. Grandiose. Gorgeous. All the superlatives you can bring to mind would
Beautiful. Grandiose. Gorgeous. All the superlatives you can bring to mind would fall short of describing Millbrook and specifically, Cathedrals.

The first track, Meet Me in the Fields, begins mildly, yet gets bigger and grander as the song progresses, until, as one singer/songwriter stated, "It out-Jethro Tulls Jethro Tull!" It’s so beautiful that you almost can’t take it.

After you compose yourself after the grandeur of Meet Me in the Fields, your first thought is, "They can’t possibly get better than this." And that is where you would be wrong.

The harmonies, lyrics and guitar riffs in Crude Model of You are sublime. Then the retro Whitegirl does things that the original music style never did. By the time the wonderfully quirky fourth track, Mr. Golightly, offers, "I cordially invite you to fall in love with me," you realise, "I already have!"

Then you come to the grande finale. The sublime music and lyrics of Geisha Doll carry you off in rapture and make you fall in love instantly with the object of his affection, and with the songwriter, for penning such beauty.

The WORST thing about Cathedrals is that you don’t want it to end (happily, you can queue the album up and listen to it again and again)! The BEST thing about Millbrook is that you can’t compare them to any artist, stating, "They sound like such-and-such", because their music is so unique. The only comparison that came to mind as I listened to the album is the same that came to another musicphile friend of mine, which is that it has a Beatlesque flavour. He also stated that they will probably always be compared a bit to Rufus Wainwright.

Indeed. Yet with all due respect to the Fab Four ("They were the first and they were the best"), there is clearly way more talent in Millbrook. And I daresay that Cathedrals rivals even the work of Mr. Wainwright.

With well over 15,000 songs and hundreds of albums in my personal collection, I clearly love music. I have always been hard-pressed to pick my favourite artist or album, much less my favourite song. However, this album would definitely be one I would choose if I could keep only one.